07x13 - What We're Fighting For

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Fitz: I'm just glad to see you all in one piece.

Daisy: One piece?

Deke: Aren't you worried?

Simmons' mind is in shambles.

Give her time.

Hopefully no serious damage has been done.

May: What do you mean, "no damage"?

Coulson: The Chronicom fleet destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D.

That won't matter.

We can still get back to our original timeline and save it.

We can go back?

Yes. That's where I just came from.

Look, I... I kn... I know that it hasn't been easy.

You made sacrifices.

Clearly, so did we.

But there was no other way.

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

Not easy?

Deke: No other way? Are you kidding?

And where the hell have you been?

Fitz: Listen!

The only way we can save the original timeline was for you to survive through this one.

You saw how this would play out?

I saw countless versions of how it could unfold.

But we had no choice.

Just threw us into the deep end and hope we don't drown?

We hope that you survive this far to give us the key to save our world.

Key? W-What key?


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Did Kora survive?


Oh, thank God.

Where is she?

She's with the enemy... Nathaniel Malick.

What? What happened?

She's your sister. Didn't you connect? Jiaying...

Jiaying is dead.

But she is pivotal.

Okay. All right. Uh...

We'll need to find a way to work around that.

Here. Um, right now, we need to get this Quantum Bridge onto the Zephyr.

Hold on.

We need to hook it up so we can all fly home together.

We can't leave.

Yes, we can.

We can't... Okay, look, I'm sorry, I know there's a lot to explain... the multiple dimensions...

Okay, look, you went back in time, and then you branched off.

But we can travel through something called the Quantum Realm.

So, we... we... we... we can go in between timelines.

I mean we can't abandon these people.

We can't leave this timeline with the Chronicoms about to launch an all-out invasion.

And if we do, we have to take the enemy back with us.

No, I understand that. I do.

But that decreases the chances of success a fair amount... something like 85%.

Don't talk to me about percentages.

This is not math.

You sound like a robot.

Can everyone please stop yelling?

This isn't some abstract or virtual world, like the Framework.

These people, they've suffered enough.

Deke: This reduces you?


Does it create an energy field to do it?

Yes, a bubble, for... for want of a better word.

No, no.

No, "bubble" is a great word.

Because you can make it bigger.

I-If we use enough energy, we can bring all the Chronicom ships back with us.

I don't know if the Zephyr can generate enough power to...

No, but 1983 New York City can, right?

Uh... y-yeah.

I... We'd need something like 10,000 megawatts, but s-someone would have to...

Stay behind and set it up and turn it on... yeah.

We have to break up the band.

I don't know if that matters.

'Cause this... this is the last mission together, isn't it?

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How could you know that?

Enoch told us.

Before he died.

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Yeah, that's true.

In fact, no matter what the outcome, this will be the last time we're all in the same room together.


I'll stay.

I belong here.

I've already been given the privilege of a second chance, of meeting all you... fine people.

It's only right.

If the Army taught me anything, it's that... it's that you can't...


I'll stay.


First of all, I'm the one with the scientific knowledge to be able to repatch the power.

Dannyboy over here is still impressed by a light bulb.

That's not accurate or nice.

And second, seems like you and Daisy have a real thing going, and I...

( Sighs ) I just want you to be happy.


And third, as long as you reconnect with Nana and then, you know... connect... then maybe you'll see me again someday.

Deke, that's...

And honestly...

( Scoffs )

... I'm kind of a rock god here, anyway.

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All right, people!

( Clapping ) No time to argue.

I've already made up my mind. Now let's get to it!

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Deke: Come on, people. Let's go, let's go.

Keep it snappy. We're running out of time.

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May: Seconds away.

All set on this end, Director.

Watch over little Alphie, will you?

Hell, watch over all of us.

You know I will. I don't...

You don't give up on friends.

I know better than anyone.

Thank you for everything, Agent Shaw.

Get ready!

Here we go.

One, two...

Wait, wait. Like, on three or, like, "One, two, three, go"?

On three, damn it.

One, two, three.

( Popping )

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( Popping )

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So... you the new guy in charge now?

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Okay. Okay, I need to... I need to take it slow with her, or her mind might collapse.

Just get her to remember you.

That's the most important thing.

No, it's not.

I need to take something small that she does remember, and I'm gonna draw a line from that to all of the rest.



I-I was gonna tell your friends a story, and I was wondering if you could help me fill in some of the blanks.

It's okay. We know him.

Yeah. And I... I know some things about you, too.

Like, when you were younger, you had scoliosis.


And y-you would spend your nights lying on your back with your father...

Looking up at the stars.


And do you remember what your favorite star was?

Theta Serpentis.

Though, technically, it was a... a triple star system in the constellation, uh, Serpens.

No, no, that's right. That's right.

What was the traditional name of it?

The biggest star in that system?




I want you to lock on to that name, because that's where we went.

( Gasping )

Enoch saved us, wearing another skin.

What do we have to do?

Change the natural course of your lives forever.

And he got us out of there.

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Turn this Quinjet around.

What the hell are you?

Enoch, put your face on.

You're freaking everybody out.

Listen, Piper.

We need to head back into the jungle, to Zephyr One.

What, to help take out Izel?

( Squishing, crunching )

Uh, Izel... right.

No, we have bigger problems than that.

Uh, is that a normal thing around here?


How did you know the jet would be here?

How are you predicting these things?

It's called the Time Stream.

I stole a copy of it.

My time with Fitz taught me how to be an outlaw, and I've gotten quite good at it.

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Flint made us a piece of the Time Monolith to help us do what had to be done.

Thank you.

Now, wait here a moment.

We'll be right back.

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We need to get away from here and head to space.

So pick a star system.

( Beeping )

I know just the one.

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We arrived safely in that distant solar system, and I began to study the Time Stream.

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Jemma, you were afraid it would drive me mad or give me radiation poisoning to interact with it.

( Gasps )

But we had no choice. We needed solutions. And there was only one path that gave us a chance to succeed. We knew it would take a while to complete our designs.

It's a good thing we are building a time machine, as it does not matter how long it takes.

Could just take some time to... live.

And we did.


We did.

For years.

We had our happily ever after. We knew our friends needed us, not to mention mankind. But we didn't want to say goodbye. So we put it off. But we couldn't stay forever.

But I feel the guilt inside... the guilt for having left.

A part of me being torn away!

No, I don't want to forget!

Hey, hey.

I don't want to forget!

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( Metal clinks )

So we jumped back to the moment we left.

( Zephyr one approaching )

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That was quick.

How'd that thing get here so fast?

Oh, come on. Are you guys messing with time again?

It's complicated.

But Fitz needs to wait in here so he can be transported through the Quantum Realm to an alternative timeline.

That doesn't sound complicated at all.

While he's in there, you need to guard it with your life.

Like there's nothing more important in the world.

Yeah, we get it.

No. You don't.

If you keep this safe, I will give you anything you ask for in return.



If I'm not back by sunup, open it.

You'll know what to do.

( Machine beeping, whirring )

Okay, good to go.

We're on the clock now.


For us, it will be an instant.

Stay strong.

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One of us had to stay to establish the link between timelines, and it had to be me, because my mind couldn't handle the implant.

( Beep )

Jemma Simmons... where is Leopold Fitz?


I don't know.

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I didn't see the rest. But now we know it worked.

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You were with me that whole time.




But why, though? W-Why...

Why would we stay so long?

I can't follow that logic.

Why... Why would we do any of it?

That doesn't... That's not a...

She's remembering that she knows him... just not that she loves him.

That doesn't... make sense.

No, no, no.

She's forgotten something far more important than that.

Okay, I need to fill you guys in so you know what we're fighting for... so that we can map out a plan together and all be willing to do what needs to be done, no matter what the cost.

There are so many moving parts.

Which is another reason why you built Coulson.

For this moment, yeah.

'Cause we all need to work together to figure this out.

Well, lay it out for us, Fitz.

'Cause the enemy's coming up with a plan, and they're not happy.

Nathaniel: Out of time?

If you'd have given me control of your Hunters, I would've crushed them.

It seems you can't control anything.

None of that matters anymore!

We got pulled out of reality and into this Grateful Dead poster!

I was moments away from ruling...

... saving the world from tyranny... whatever.

There's a 99% chance we're crossing to their original timeline... a world already under attack from a separate Chronicom force.

We need to stop playing percentages and get to the business of killing.

Earth is still within our grasp.

Nobody knows the future anymore.

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Nathaniel: Hook her up.

It's time to take her power.

I think we're close!

Everyone's clear on what needs to be done.

You two go with Fitz and Simmons, retake the Lighthouse.


Copy that.

But first, you need to put these on.

We'll arrive just before we left.

So, believe it or not, there's unfinished business at the Temple.

Yeah, I know.

I don't believe it, either.

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( Powering down )

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May: The Hunters are gonna be scanning for us everywhere.

Hang tight. We gotta wait for our moment.

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Zephyr One is out there somewhere.

Hunter: We are not seeing any...

Find it.

Destroy it.

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Enoch: Good. They sent reinforcements.

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Thank you for coming.

We must move quickly and calmly.

Do not speak. Do not engage.

I'm just trying not to throw up in my helmet.

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Sousa: ( Grunts )

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Give Yo-Yo her breathing apparatus.

Set the chamber temperature to minus-68 degrees.

Where's Fitz?

I don't know.

I can't know.

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Wait for it.

Wait for it.

You don't need to keep saying it.

( Monitor beeps )

Zephyr One spotted moving on the surface of the Earth.


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( Explosion )

Be ready.

( Machine whirring )

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( Grunting )

Mack: Quinjet team, head back to the Lighthouse.

Elena: On our way.

That's some serious flying there.

That used to be all I did.

No sign of Zephyr One.

It looks as though it's been destroyed.

I don't believe it.

No matter the percentages, these people always beat the odds.

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They definitely heard that.

Remember, these things are radioactive, so be careful.

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( Grunting )

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Go. I got this.


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Hope this works.

You hope. I'll pray.

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( Gasps )

( Thud )

( Gasps )

( Groans )

Time for you to be reassigned.

( Grunts )

( Thud )

So, this is it?

This is it.

I've studied your history, know all the enemies you've faced.

I am honored to be the last.

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( Thud )

So, that's what she can do.

( Popping )

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Anything I can do to help point the antennas in the right direction?

Can you rewire the capacitor connections to bypass the network backbone?


We were here.

He said it'd be the hardest thing we've ever done.

We know.

They'll bang through the door soon enough.

Hopefully, not before our friends handle their part.

Don't worry too much about Mack.

Don't worry too much about Daisy.

( Gasps )

They're your everything.

Stars in your skies.


I think I remember.

Why we did all this.

( Gasps )

I think I remember what we're fighting for.

( Rumbling )

( Groans )

If you've seen my battles, you know how this will end.

You know, I don't... for the first time in a while.

Can't wait to see how it plays out.

Like it did with your mother, maybe?

The only enemy we both fought.

Someone needed to rescue you, whereas I snapped her neck, fair and square.

( Rumbling )

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( Grunts )


( Rumbling )

( Grunting )

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( Grunting )

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( Rumbling )

( Sighs )

Hang in there.

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( Grunts )

Feels good to strike you down.

But you wanna do worse.

I can give any Hunter orders remotely using only my mind.

You're next.

Once I tear everything but Chronicom hardware out of you.

There's no need.

The war's over.

You surrender?

We won.

Fitz and Simmons are retaking the Lighthouse as we speak.

Oh. A creepy smile.

That's new.

So that's where they are.

( Computer beeping )

Sibyl: All available Hunters, disembark for the Lighthouse, where we have established a stronghold. All spacecraft, prepare to fire on previously targeted S.H.I.E.L.D. posts.

Now it's my turn to smile.

We just needed you to enter your authorization.


And what comes next?

The Cavalry.

( Grunting )

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( Grunting )

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( Rumbling )

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( Groans )

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( Groans )

Mack: Nope.

We need to make sure the transmission's pointed in the right direction.

She's too weak.

I don't know if she'll be able to boost the signal enough to reach Earth.

Kora, look at me.

Look at me.

We're fighting for the very thing that gives us strength.

Do you need me to tell you what that is?


( Sighs )

I can do it.

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Okay, parabolic antennae are nearly in position.

( Banging on door )

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I hope you know how to give the Chronicoms orders.

We aren't giving them orders.

( Whirring )

We're giving them empathy.

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( Rumbling )

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( Energy whirring )

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( Gasps )

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Hey, there.

You friends or enemies?


As we have always been.

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We have to let her do her part, no matter what the cost.

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Do you think you're winning?

'Cause I can't tell.

It's a close one, but I could go all day.


That's what we were hoping for.

Is that right?

Those sparks?

That means Kora's purged all the Chronicom data from the planet.

Turned the attack to our side.

Mission accomplished.

( Rumbling )

( Gasps )

Down on the planet.

But up here... these ships are about to vaporize your friends down below.

And you can't stop that.

There is no way to kill me without killing yourself.

( Rumbling )

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That's the idea.

( Rumbling )

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Thank you, Kora.

This is what we were fighting for.

( Weakly ) Family.

( Insects chirping )

Okay, that was a neat trick.

But how did you...

( Beep )

What the hell, man?! We were scared out of our minds.

Are you saying that we were guarding this thing for nothing?

Fitz: No.

You were guarding our everything.

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( Beep )



( Chuckles )

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( Sobs )

Mama, what's wrong?

Nothing, sweet girl.

Nothing. I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

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You said you would be gone for a long time, but that wasn't long.

Felt like forever to me.

There was a loud noise.

I know.

I was only a little scared.

( Laughs )

Me too, sweetie.

Me too.

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( Sighs )

There he is.

You're looking good.

You're looking good.

I never change.

( Sighs )

Long time no see.

May: Hi, guys.

( Sighs )


Well, this is a nice venue. Whose idea was this?

Where's Mack?

Turtleman is always late.

He knows. He'll be here.

( Mack sighs )

Am I the last one?



Ah, there was a situation in Moscow that needed my attention.

A story worth telling?

Well, it's, uh... it's classified.

Of course.

You enjoying the new digs?

Oh, yeah, yeah. It's nice. You know, it's, uh...

Yeah, but after all those years in hallways, uh, I'm... I'm just not used to having a view.

Are you still stationed there, too?

I'm on assignment, actually... chasing an 0-8-4, of all things.

Yeah, she's our most decorated Agent.

Okay, okay. I've got a good team.

We work well together.

Although Piper, I think, is questioning her choice.

What, taking on the assignment?

No, the choice she made when you and Simmons asked her what she wanted for a reward.

( Laughter )

And you, Melinda?

How are you liking your new profession?

I hate it.

( Chuckles )

No, you don't.

I fought aliens, demons, and androids, and this is the first time in my life I've ever felt this exhausted.

Amen to that.

What do you know about being exhausted?

You're retired.

Only someone without kids would say that.

( Chuckling ) Yeah. She's a lot.

She's the best.

She's learning to swim right now.


Send videos, please.

She wants to design her own fish.


We have to tell her it's not possible.

Well, it's possible. It's just not legal... yet.

Well, did she, uh... she get Uncle Mack's present?

Yes. Thank you.

Yeah, thank you for all the many presents.

One a year is plenty.

Oh, come on, Fitz. What about Christmas?

It's overrated.

We did get a very nice letter from Agent Sousa.

So cute he writes letters.

I know, right? I just got him a typewriter.

Speaking of a kid on Christmas.

( Chuckles )

Things are going... well?

They're going, yeah.

We're just, like, loving the journey together.

I showed him "E.T". to prep for it.

Great movie.

Mack: Classic.

He cried like a baby.

Um, but he's... he's... he's made for this work.

He's solid.

But he does keep calling us the "Astro Ambassadors", so that's... yeah.

He's a dork.

But he says hi.

Speaking of dorks...


What are you gonna do, A.C.?


Yeah, I was gonna ask.

You said you would take the year to reassess.


I figure I can always, you know, turn off.

So no rush on that.

I'm gonna take a little time, continue my reassessment.

See the world.

Right on.

Glad to hear it.

You know, after your sabbatical, I could use you.

Yeah, me too.

There's a bunk open on Zephyr Three. It's a nice one.

I'll keep all that in mind.

( Static crackles )

Guys, I'm going to have to go in a minute.

We're approaching the drop zone.

Okay, just remember... minimal force, sweetheart.

In and out, no contact... I know.

Uh, yeah, I-I have a group waiting, so, um... maybe we should just, uh, call it.

Yeah, I'm losing signal anyway. We're entering a Nebula.

I vote we make this a tradition.

Yeah. I agree.

We can't lose touch.

We've been through too much together.

A miracle we survived.

Well... except for Coulson.

And Fitz.

And Daisy.

And May.

Geez, I was a zombie once.

So was Mack, actually.



Was I... Was I there for that?

Look, if this is a contest, I died like seven times.

( Laughter )

Is that all?

But I didn't even exist in Deke's timeline.

Aw, Deke.


I miss that little weirdo.


We may see him again one day.

Look, I'm sure the D is doing just fine.

I mean, he's probably playing Madison Square Garden right now.

( Laughter )

( Inhales deeply )

All right, well...

I guess that's it.

Same time next year?

All right.

Hasta la proxima.

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We're only a block away from the drop-off?

Piper: Yeah, but we should've been there quicker, and you should be able to drive better.

You're a damn computer.

Davis: I know, but either they changed the signs or you programmed me a little stupider so you could feel superior for once.

I swear on all things holy, you were always this stupid.

Don't slow down, Davis.

I'll see you on the other side of the compound.

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( Engine revs )

Mack, I'll be sending a few names.


And, Phil.

You know, you should at least swing by on your travels, tell some stories to the newcomers.

They'll love that.

You might be seeing me.

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( Footsteps approaching )

You done finally?

We're five minutes late to class.

You're late.

I'm giving the lecture.

That's not late.

That's dramatic.

( Laughs )

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This little monkey is punching me as hard as she can in the leg.

We should go.



Having a picnic in the garden.

She's been very patient.

( Claps ) Well...

( Sighs )

Bye, everybody.

I'll e-mail you that anatomy analysis after Fitz is asleep.

Interesting stuff.

( Sighs )

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( Alya laughs )

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( Laughs )

You're at HQ?

So, then... you received the package.

Sitting right in front of me. Just need the code.


It's in there.

Along with a little, um... going-away present.

Is it what I think it is?

H-Hey, I'm still a mechanic at heart.

All right?

Be careful out there.

Both of you.

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( Indistinct shouting in distance )

Man: All stations, make ready to get under way.

Okay, everyone's in position.

Let's move forward with the operation.

Everything's in place.

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It's not the same without these guys.

No, it's not.

Are you really just seeing the world?

There's some places I've always wanted to go.


But look at what you did here.

There are people out there who are lost, people who show promise.

If you don't find them, who will?

How's it going with your new recruit?

( Chuckles )

She's doing great.

( Chuckles )

She's been through a lot, but, um...

It's funny what can happen when someone believes in you.

Give me a call when you get back.

Yes, sir.

( Whirring )

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They good?

They're good.


You have to see this.

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Amazing, right?

It's beautiful.

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( Click )

( Indistinct talking )

( Sighs )

( Car alarm chirps )

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( Car door closes )

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( Engine starts )

( Engine whirring )

( Lift whirring )

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( Engine revs )


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